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LONG TERM ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR MONITORING AEOLIAN SOIL EROSION IN CENTRAL ASIA

Objective

The sand/dust storms are both a symptom of serious anthropogenic land degradation, and a problem in its own right. In Central Asia, where sand and dust storms are common due to the natural conditions, large-scale anthropogenic changes lead to the formation of new salt/dust-emitting sites. The overall aim of the proposed research is to develop the basis for a long-term ecologic long-term monitoring of Central Asia, to investigate the temporal and spatial pattern of airborne salt-dust deposition across Central Asia, and model the current and future trends of aeolian processes in this region. The specific objectives of the project are to: 1) Setup a spatial database for monitoring the region in order to make the information available to a research network with further integration of the project's findings into GIS database; 2) Monitor dust storms using high temporal resolution remote sensing imagery concurrent with ground data collection and analysis;3) Reveal and monitor the dust-salt emission sites using high spatial satellite images;; 4) Monitor the changes in land use/land cover using Envisat and MERIS data; 6) Study the frequency, distribution and seasonality of the salty, dust, and sand storms in Central Asia; 7) Elaborate recommendations for phyto-ameliorative measures in the active dust-salt emission sites for reducing the amount of blown salts-dust and sand. Major innovative efforts will be directed towards the establishment of a long-term monitoring system on current emission sites, frequency of dust storms, qualitative and quantitative properties of dust/salt deposits.The project will also result in creation of a geographic and temporal database on dust storm events and emission sites. Recommendations for phyto-ameliorative measures in the active dust-salt emission sites will be developed.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INCO-RUSSIA+NIS-1
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Coordinator

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
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